Friday, June 3, 2016


I should start journaling again - just a quick post to keep this page alive.  Yesterday was Heather's last day of middle school and James' last day of elementary school. Mom came into town for the awards ceremonies.  James won a free fish - we ended up at the pet store, and now they all want a prarie dog.  James got an Oboe today - yet another instrument - we now have clarinet, saxophone, chello, guitar, uke, pianos ... and Autumn wants a violin.  House full of noise-makers!   Update, 5 years later and we still have those prarie dogs, funny critters.

Thursday, January 1, 2015


Happy New Year!

As a new year's goal, I want to start writing in a journal again, even if no one reads it, I think it's good to help remember, think, and learn about events.  I've been impressed by several others who write journals - they seem to be more in tune and focused, and I think writing helps them to do that.

Last year was really busy, and I'm afraid next year will be really busy too, but it will be a good kind of busy though.  I just hope I am able to do everything I need to well.

Today was our last day at our old home, headed out for a road trip tomorrow morning back to our other home.  It was good to see everyone, but never enough time to spend with everyone.  There were 19 people all crammed together in this little house tonight, and it was really good to be together with everyone again.  We've all grown old with kids of our own now, time flies so quickly.  It's important to keep in touch with old friends, and with family every once in a while.  The richest blessing in life are the other people who happen to cross your path.

Looking forward to the road trip - good reading and studying time, good time with family, we'll stop off for some more cousin time on the way home too.  It has been a good Christmas.

Friday, January 31, 2014


Haven't blogged in awhile, just to keep this thing up and active, here's what we're up to now!

Doug - He's a boy scout leader, and doing well at work.

Jamie - Teaching at LSC, running a volunteer science lab, science fair chair, and piano teacher, and science olympiads coach = crazy busy!

Heather - Acing her AP classes, playing Cello in orchestra, a science olympian, track, basketball, guitar, and piano.

James - Boy scouts, chess club, piano, and a gamer.

Autumn - Piano, art, takes care of all our pets (ferret, 2 dogs), loves running, and biking with me on the greenbelt. 

Life is busy, but life is good!

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Penny's Autobiography

Thank you so much to everyone helping translate this!!

You can double click on any of the images, or right click, and say "view image" to get a better view, I hope just posting it on here works.  Thank you so much again for helping us, this means a lot to our family.

Sunday, May 20, 2012

School's End

Awards, bike rodeo, and bike trip to East End. Autumn and I have gone to East End quite a few times... I'm going to miss our little one-on-one nature outings when she's in kindergarten...
James was awarded the Mathematician award! I guess he takes after the nerdy side of the family ;)

Autumn snuck in, one of the teachers caught her at the end - "Hey - you're not a first grader!" She did great on the little obstacle coarse though!

"She nods her head when I talk to her. I think she's trying to teach me how to fly..." - Autumn

Blueberries by the driveway - almost time to head to Moors-head!

Lots of squash in the garden! white, and yellow.

Art Car Parade!